Thursday, July 31, 2008

We require Mr. Carel Theime and company here only to find the passage to next species or the new mode of life in matter

nandivarman.rediffiland.com/ Thursday 31 July, 2008 Write to Nandhi Varman Forward this link AUROVILLE : A FAILURE
FAILED PROPHECY AND FAILED CITY

Dutchman Carel Theime gets angry if I refer Mirra Alfassa as Frenchwoman...I am a Tamil, Indian Tamil, and she is a French, French being her mother tongue. After all she spoke only in her mother tongue to Satprem, who recorded it for 22 years. I wonder why Mr. Carel Theime gets angry when I say her or BBC describes her as Frenchwoman.

It becomes evident from Satprem’s words that she “uncovered the great passage to the next species and a new mode of life in matter”. Mr. Carel Theime is in India to finish her unfinished agenda. Then Indian people expect that the so many trusts Mr. Carel Theime and his friends from overseas have created should have some connectivity to the purpose of tracing the next species and new mode of life. It is not so.

Aforestation, environment, solar energy, natural farming etc for which these trusts have mushroomed here can be undertaken by Indians. These are global issues and in every country non-governmental organizations are working on these themes. We require Mr. Carel Theime and company here only to find the passage to next species or the new mode of life in matter. Indians know for centuries to build temples, and all goddesses in India, are due to Indians being matriarchal society. Hence to build a Matrimandir, we don’t need foreign expertise.

We need these foreign species here to find out the passage to next species. If for that purpose they are here, we can welcome. But to teach Indians agricultural farming, which Indians knew for centuries before west knew, if these foreign species create non-governmental organizations here, we don’t need them. We say to them Go Back! ...

You would have read our demand for bringing all sub trusts under Auroville Foundation as one entity, one department under the Indian Government controlled Auroville Foundation. The reason why we made such a demand stands proven from the words of the Mother of Aurovillians and Ashramites. The creation of Trust after Trust is a disease which started in Aurobindo Ashram Trust and spread to Auroville Foundation. The motive behind so many trusts is tax evasion...

The Key to Death could not save Mirra Alfasa. This is truth. And if at all those who believe in her had faith in what she spoke or wrote, they must have carried forward from where she left. They would have undertaken scientific research to prove her theory or to realize her dream. Neither the business trusts of ashram nor the eyewash trusts of Auroville Foundation are pursuing the goals of their prophets. If Mr. Carel Theime finds our criticism on failed prophets to be harsh, he must vow to do research and find the key to death or guide the humanity to the next evolutionary cycle.

We don’t question anybody's faith. Let them believe that key to death could be found. If it is faith, let them have their faith. The followers of Jesus Christ till day even after 2000 years believe resurrection will take place. Like that for 2000 years let these people search the key to death. But till the prophecy stands scientifically proven, rationalists have the liberty and freedom of ex-pression to call the failed prophets a failure.
N. Nandhivarman General Secretary Dravida Peravai Category: Politics Permalink

Why worry so much about what Auroville, Ashram, Centres, doing or not

Vivek said... 26 July 2008 10:55 Post a Comment

Excellent attitude Babul. I agree completely.

Mr. Chaki, Intellectual approach is movement of Nature Sri Aurobindo says. But we want to go beyond Nature. Nature is Prakriti. We want Purusha. Intellectual movement is good in evolution. Mind will develop, but now it has to understand it does not know all things. Mind is limited. Quiet mind, silent mind is for yoga. Guidance from psychic better.

And you write: "And when we refer to Sri Aurobindo Ashram in connection with the politicians, we are then stooping somewhat low. Should we bring down the Ashram, the symbol of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo, to be referred to in connection with the politicians, who are more or less, from the ignorant un-prepared world?"

Unfortunately that is what some persons are doing like Nandhivarman and Tusar Mohapatra. Luckily devotees prefer to lead quiet, inner lives. Why worry so much about what Auroville, Ashram, centres, doing or not. Either join and help, or just do own sadhana. Aspiration, Rejection, Surrender, Mother says. It is only thing which matters. My simple opinion. Vivek

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Our fight is against Puducherry or Auroville becoming another Hongkong or Thailand

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AUROVILLE ANSWERS AND ISSUES BEFORE US
DUTCH GENTLEMAN CAREL THEIME LETS THE CAT OUT OF BAG:

Mr. Carel Theime, the Dutch man, who put up strong defence on the side of his institution before BBC, had brought out in Auroville Today [ June-July 2008] a reply to the allegations in the BBC story. BBC was neutral. It gave the otherside chance to be heard. That is what journalism is all about. Dr.Karan Singh when contacted by personal as well as official email or through telephone, by the journalist did not respond, hence in last minute, this Dutchman was assigned the task to defend foreigners before BBC. Let me quote what he wrote about me without my comments to leave it to public to evaluate its content:

Another ambiguous witness is Mr. Nandhivarman, the ‘local politician' from Pondicherry , who is most probably the person who made the ludicrous statement, mentioned in Ms. Wright's first email, that “because of Auroville, Pondicherry is becoming the brothel of South India ”. Mr. Nandhivarman hosts many websites. A posting on one of them, dated April 9, 2008, is called “My fight against Auroville soon in Televisions Options.” In it, he refers to Sri Aurobindo as ‘a failed godman' and to The Mother as ‘a Frenchwoman … who found the key to death but is now dead – perhaps she had lost that key.'

Auroville doesn't escape his ire either. “There exists a so-called international city, a dream of the Late Mira Richard, known as Mother of Aurobindo Ashram. That can be said to be the story of deceit. Right from the beginning their aim is to establish a Vatican type of autonomous state.” Nandhivarman continues to lambast Auroville for its lack of leadership and aspiration for Divine anarchy, which he sees as an attempt at creating a lawless society which is against the laws of the land. His website shows many similar curious statements, which makes one question his rationality.

But Ms. Wright doesn't seem to have been subject to such questioning. Many of the statements she makes in the video can be traced back to this particular website. The words ‘ Vatican status', which appeared in the transcript (though edited out in the video); the insolent reference to The Mother; the reference to Divine Anarchy – it's all there. In another attempt to tarnish the image of Auroville she talks in the video about new people being ‘inducted' to Auroville. In the original transcript, the word used was ‘initiation' – it was corrected by Auroville into ‘probationary period' but deliberately not used, to create the impression, as one of Auroville's supporters wrote, that “Viewers who do not know Auroville, upon watching the documentary, may be led to think ‘Ah, here again is one of those weird sects, deluded by some ideal or the other, but only living in dissolution and perversion'.”

The Honourable Dutch man who finds fault with me describing French woman as French, thundered before the BBC, that there has been ONLY ONE CASE of PEADOPHILE not handed over to police but sent out. He refers to Mr. Didier Kieme, because he was nabbed later. But anyone who heard him shout in anger through BBC telecast can recall his total denial of ANY OTHER CASE. But in his own words, what he writes in Auroville Today, he admits about three cases. Let me quote his own words:

As can be expected, local authorities visited Auroville soon after the broadcast. High-level officers of the police and Immigration Office were concerned, for if Auroville was indeed a place where paedophiles could indulge in criminal behaviour, how was it that they were unaware of it?
The Working Committee informed the Foreign Regional Registration Officer about the cases Auroville had been dealing with in the last 15 years: 3 Aurovilians had been asked to leave on the basis of suspected (but never proven) paedophile involvement; one Newcomer was found guilty and had his probationary status ended and the authorities were informed; one guest was found guilty, sent out, and the local authorities were informed; and the attention of the police had been drawn to two persons who were roaming the area and had been bothering minors. Auroville explained that a large number of guesthouses and home stays have come up around Auroville – the Repos community on the beach alone is surrounded by 163 (!) small guesthouses – and that Auroville cannot be held responsible for what happens there.
Why Auroville?
The question ‘why' Ms. Wright decided to relate child abuse to Auroville remains as yet unanswered. Child abuse, according to a report in the daily newspaper The Hindu, of December 26, 2007, is rampant in Chennai. According to a survey conducted in 2007 by the Tulir Centre for the Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse, more than 40 per cent of the children in Chennai from all social strata report various forms of sexual abuse. Rumour has it that paedophilia also thrives in the tourist town of Mahabalipuram . Why did she concentrate on Auroville?
“I think she was out for a scoop,” says Mauna. “Child abuse is a problem found everywhere in the world, including India . Ms. Wright tried to connect it to Auroville to show we allow it to happen and do not act against it; and in the process to denigrate Auroville's ideals and good name. She dismisses The Mother as ‘a French woman'; she falsely states in the transcript that Auroville strives for Vatican status; she lies that Aurovilians don't pay tax; she misinforms that Auroville has no money, no rules and no leaders; and she portrays Aurovilians as arrogant Westerners who repress the poor local population and take undue advantage of them which is another falsity – for only 60% of Auroville's population are foreigners. And if she would have compared the lives of people who have been associated with Auroville since the beginning with those of people outside our geographical area, she would have found how much Auroville has done for the surrounding villages.”

By his own words, Carel Theime lets the cat out of the bag.He admits three incidents while he had boldly told lie before BBC, that apart from only one incident, no other case was there.But now he admits having sent out three. The charge all along is if there is strong suspicion about child abuse, why Auroville Foundation fails to report to the Police. After all as the Dutchman Carel Theime claims before BBC, that the Foundation is headed by a Joint Secretary level I.A.S officer is the Secretary. Why that Secretary is sidelined even in BBC interview. When Chairman Dr.Karan Singh backed out to defend, if that is true, the Secretary must have faced the camera to defend the organization he looks after and is responsible to Indian Parliament. Wherefrom a Dutchman, who is in lowest rank in hierarchy, comes to defend crimes committed by foreigners. Our charge is that Secretary's wings are clipped. They are made puppets in the hands of the extra-national influences that rule the roost.Mr.Carel Theime, who admits THREE INCIDENTS and who ADMITS that they were sent out with honour, also talks about Chennai, Mahabalipuram and the 163 guest houses in near vicinity of Auroville where peadophilia crimes do occur, over which he has no control.
The first ever media expose by Tamil investigative journal Nakkeeran by its sub editor Mr.Prakash, who stayed in my house for few days, tracking the peadophile \triangle of Chennai, Puducherry and Goa, and subsequent media exposures cannot give exemption to Auroville.Like cross border terrorism, Auroville and Puducherry are just 10 kilometers away, the visitors or guests or anyone who comes to Auroville or one who are residents, can come to Puducherry and commit crimes and go back. Even these 3, actually the number is more, as time passes same Mr.Carel Theime will admit, he needs time to refresh his memory, after being sent out from Auroville stay in Puducherry.
The girls of erstwhile USSR states frequent India, visit Delhi and reach Chennai and Mahabalipuram, apart from Auroville. If a verification is made on the passports of these Russian woman, sorry my communist friends, I have great regard for USSR and October Revolution, but I cannot avoid mentioning their nationality, since I had called Mr.Carel Theime, a Dutch as Dutch which in no way is derogatory, the purpose of their frequent visits could be unearthed. Our fight is against Puducherry, Chennai or Mahabalipuram or Auroville should become another Hongkong or Thailand. There many trusts run by foreigners, which needs a probem. Mr.Carel Theime who talks only about BBC, is silent on the charges made against the functioning of the so-called trusts under Auroville Foundation. Their own reports suggest all is not well within Auroville. Hence we demand all trusts be wound up and brought under Auroville Foundation, as departments. An Indian citizens making such a demand to Indian Government is not illegal, and Mr.Carel Theime must know he lives in India, not a sovereign state ruled by Ex-Maharaja of Kashmir Dr. Karan Singh...

[FINALLY DURING THE JUST CONCLUDED VISIT OF DR.KARAN SINGH AS REPORTED IN THE HINDU of 28 th Monday 2008, Dr.KARAN SINGH IS HAPPY THAT THE UPA HAD WON TRUST VOTE. THIS THE LEADER OF OPPOSITION MR.LAL KRISHNA ADVANI MUST TAKE NOTE OF.A POLITICIAL APPOINTEE SPEAKS LIKE POLITICIAN WHILE CLAIMING TO BUILD AN INTERNATIONAL CITY TO HOUSE FOREIGNERS IN INDIAN SOIL.... N. Nandhivarman, General Secretary Dravida Peravai]
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Monday, July 28, 2008

How could followers of Adi-Shankara assimilate such criticism?

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CHRIST IS AVATAR SAYS AUROBINDO
TO PREACH LIFE IS DIVINE DEVIL’S GRAB AUTHORITY IN AUROVILLE AND ASHRAM

Thavathiru Aurobindo had made fun of Adisankara, and this lady had added her comments to the original criticism. This news flashed when a learned Brahmin, devotee of Ramana Maharishi was having heated debate with a staunch disciple of Aurobindo Ghosh. To find out what was said I quote from the book above mentioned...

How could followers of Adi-Shankara assimilate such criticism? I was wondering why so long they remained silent, but now slowly it becomes evident to me, that a top level media magnate, who happens to be a Brahmin, masterminded the plot to depute a journalist to me, so that I can for sake of Tamil interests, fight out Auroville and Aurobindo Ashram. Years had passed since Adi shankara was ridiculed, but they waited for an atheist to fight for avenging their humiliation.

Coming to the curse hurled upon me for my atheism by a stooge of Ashram Mr.Aju Mukopadyaya, I thought it necessary to quote from Aurobindo Ghosh...

By these words of Aurobindo Ghosh, the pseudo-scholars who get recommendations to grab space in leading dailies, where they conspire to ease out other scholars, thanks to the institutional clout, must realize atheism is not without purpose, Mr. Aju Mukopadyaya.

Then we have to turn towards our Hinduvta friends who hate Christians, and who happily endorsed my remarks against all trustees under Auroville Foundation to be Christians. I am against foreigners dominating Tamil people be it Kashmiri or European. I have to recall the words of Mirra Alfasa, here to drive home the point to Hinduvta brigade...


BJP, VHP, RSS and Mr.Murli Manohar Joshi who thought Auroville as symbol of Hinduvta and had backed the Master Plan to create a Neo Colony, must now realize why Christians flock in Auroville.

Dr. Karan Singh in his visit had green signaled the international city in which majority will be Christians, so that it can become another Vatican. Christians in India had done yeomen service in educating our people, and we respect all of them. But the man who cannot go to Kashmir uses his clout to thrust an international city, which I oppose because it erodes India’s sovereignty and Tamils are made second class citizens in their own soil. After reading the above said article Murli Manohar Joshi’s will regret that they were misled by Dr. Kireet Joshi.

A devotee of Ramana Maharishi made one remark on ashram, which speaks for itself? He chided his friend to quit ashram since only sudhras rule there and no Brahmin could become Trustee? This may be spoken out of caste affiliation or interest but what baffles me is how Brahmins lost the race, they head Indian Rationalists Association, one party of Dravidian movement, and had infiltrated even in BSP. Aurobindo’s master piece is Life Divine, how come Devils rule Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville? Category: Politics Permalink

The question ‘why' Ms. Wright decided to relate child abuse to Auroville remains as yet unanswered

Current issue Archive copies Auroville Experience June-July 2008
Auroville refutes BBC broadcast
- Carel
Auroville has dismissed as ‘an outrageous piece of tabloid journalism' a film broadcast on the BBC programme NewsNight and BBC World Service alleging that Auroville condones sexual exploitation of children by Aurovilians.
It started innocently. On March 19, 2008, OutreachMedia, the Auroville service set-up to look after the logistics of visiting journalists
[see the article Managing the Media in Auroville Today # 231, May 2008] received an email from freelance journalist Ms. Rachel Wright. She wanted to do an eight-minute video on Auroville for NewsNight, the news and current affairs programme of BBC2 and for BBC World...

After the broadcast
After the film had been aired, the Working Committee issued a public statement on the Auroville website condemning the video as ‘an outrageous piece of tabloid journalism'. It was followed by a detailed additional statement on the many distortions in the video. The Chairman of the Governing Board and the members of the International Advisory Council of the Auroville Foundation too sent letters of protest to the BBC, as did scores of people from all over the world, expressing their strong disapproval. “My belief in the BBC as a reliable source of news and information has been shattered, and I will now question the accuracy of future reports,” wrote many people, and asked for a public apology.
Mr. Barron, meanwhile, has more or less standardised his answers to these complaints, stating that “Rachel Wright approached this subject with proper journalistic rigour and the project complied with the BBC's editorial guidelines of fairness and balance” and that he was confident that “the BBC approached the story in good faith and presented a fair and balanced report about this important issue.” It is obvious that neither he, nor Ms. Wright, wanted to be convinced that the BBC failed to broadcast an honest, well-researched and impartial documentary. The many objections notwithstanding, the BBC proceeded to broadcast the video twice on BBC World Service.
Local authorities
As can be expected, local authorities visited Auroville soon after the broadcast. High-level officers of the police and Immigration Office were concerned, for if Auroville was indeed a place where paedophiles could indulge in criminal behaviour, how was it that they were unaware of it?
The Working Committee informed the Foreign Regional Registration Officer about the cases Auroville had been dealing with in the last 15 years: 3 Aurovilians had been asked to leave on the basis of suspected (but never proven) paedophile involvement; one Newcomer was found guilty and had his probationary status ended and the authorities were informed; one guest was found guilty, sent out, and the local authorities were informed; and the attention of the police had been drawn to two persons who were roaming the area and had been bothering minors. Auroville explained that a large number of guesthouses and home stays have come up around Auroville – the Repos community on the beach alone is surrounded by 163 (!) small guesthouses – and that Auroville cannot be held responsible for what happens there.
Why Auroville?
The question ‘why' Ms. Wright decided to relate child abuse to Auroville remains as yet unanswered. Child abuse, according to a report in the daily newspaper The Hindu, of December 26, 2007, is rampant in Chennai. According to a survey conducted in 2007 by the Tulir Centre for the Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse, more than 40 per cent of the children in Chennai from all social strata report various forms of sexual abuse. Rumour has it that paedophilia also thrives in the tourist town of Mahabalipuram . Why did she concentrate on Auroville?
“I think she was out for a scoop,” says Mauna. “Child abuse is a problem found everywhere in the world, including India . Ms. Wright tried to connect it to Auroville to show we allow it to happen and do not act against it; and in the process to denigrate Auroville's ideals and good name. She dismisses The Mother as ‘a French woman'; she falsely states in the transcript that Auroville strives for Vatican status; she lies that Aurovilians don't pay tax; she misinforms that Auroville has no money, no rules and no leaders; and she portrays Aurovilians as arrogant Westerners who repress the poor local population and take undue advantage of them which is another falsity – for only 60% of Auroville's population are foreigners. And if she would have compared the lives of people who have been associated with Auroville since the beginning with those of people outside our geographical area, she would have found how much Auroville has done for the surrounding villages.”
Biased witnesses
OutreachMedia's views are corroborated by the fact that the video shows five so-called witnesses, four of whom seem to bear a grudge against Auroville.
Two of them cannot be identified as their faces have been blackened in the video. But one of them, an anonymous villager, states an absurdity. In the transcript sent to the Working Committee he mentions, speaking about New Creation School , that “one in five children are currently being abused”. This allegation was removed from the video after the Working Committee commented to the BBC that no parent would send their child to a school with such a track record. (Strangely, the remark was not removed from the BBC radio programme.) Yet, this same witness was still allowed to say that “men come in and ask them [the children] to stay after school and then have sex with them.”
The BBC obviously agreed that the first part of this witness' statement was patent nonsense and hence removed it – but why did it still broadcast the second part, when the witness's unreliability had already been confirmed? And why was this statement not followed up with the interview given by the principal of the school?
The Working Committee asked for the names of these two witnesses. The BBC replied that they could not be given, but that they would inform them about Auroville's interest to talk to them. From the fact that the two have never contacted Auroville or any Indian authority can be deduced that their testimony was probably false.
Another questionable ‘witness report' comes from Mr. Ram Kumar Raj, who states in the video that “the sexual abuse issue has to be taken seriously by Auroville – they should scrutinize people coming here and say if you are coming we will be watching you ...”.
This statement was preceded by Ms. Wright saying, “Local charities however, are reacting to the problem. This man teaches local children how to deal with unwanted advances from predatory adults. He has seen the nature of Auroville's members change over the years.”
This introduction has proven to be a clear innuendo. Mr. Raj, who works for the Pondicherry Multipurpose Social Service Society (PMSSS) in the area of child abuse prevention, clarified to a member of the Working Committee “I made a general statement which applies to any organisation. Neither the PMSSS nor any other charitable organization I know considers Auroville to be a ‘problem'.” The PMSSS, he clarified, also does not teach self-defence classes against ‘predatory adults from Auroville'. “I have a lot of respect for the work the Aurovilians are doing for the uplift of the surrounding villages,” he said.
A third dubious ‘witness' is Mr. Raj Batra, a person who stayed as a guest in Auroville for 2 years before his guest status was cancelled and he was asked to leave on account of making misrepresentations about his nationality, and because of complaints by residents of an Auroville community about his anti-social and destructive behaviour while living there. He therefore obviously has a grudge against Auroville.
Another ambiguous witness is Mr. Nandhivarman, the ‘local politician' from Pondicherry , who is most probably the person who made the ludicrous statement, mentioned in Ms. Wright's first email, that “because of Auroville, Pondicherry is becoming the brothel of South India ”. Mr. Nandhivarman hosts many websites. A posting on one of them, dated April 9, 2008, is called “My fight against Auroville soon in Televisions Options.” In it, he refers to Sri Aurobindo as ‘a failed godman' and to The Mother as ‘a Frenchwoman … who found the key to death but is now dead – perhaps she had lost that key.'
Auroville doesn't escape his ire either. “There exists a so-called international city, a dream of the Late Mira Richard, known as Mother of Aurobindo Ashram. That can be said to be the story of deceit. Right from the beginning their aim is to establish a Vatican type of autonomous state.” Nandhivarman continues to lambast Auroville for its lack of leadership and aspiration for Divine anarchy, which he sees as an attempt at creating a lawless society which is against the laws of the land. His website shows many similar curious statements, which makes one question his rationality.
But Ms. Wright doesn't seem to have been subject to such questioning. Many of the statements she makes in the video can be traced back to this particular website. The words ‘ Vatican status', which appeared in the transcript (though edited out in the video); the insolent reference to The Mother; the reference to Divine Anarchy – it's all there. In another attempt to tarnish the image of Auroville she talks in the video about new people being ‘inducted' to Auroville. In the original transcript, the word used was ‘initiation' – it was corrected by Auroville into ‘probationary period' but deliberately not used, to create the impression, as one of Auroville's supporters wrote, that “Viewers who do not know Auroville, upon watching the documentary, may be led to think ‘Ah, here again is one of those weird sects, deluded by some ideal or the other, but only living in dissolution and perversion'.”
Internal website quotation
The journalist states that one ‘disgruntled' Aurovilian – reasons not given – gave her access to Auroville's internal website. She then shows two texts. In the first almost five-year old posting an Aurovilian voiced concern about the possibility of sexual abuse and proposed that Auroville has clear laws about sexual offence. The second text that runs ‘visa has been cancelled' was taken from a security report of 2008 which relates to a mentally unstable person who was neither a guest nor an Aurovilian, and who was seen wandering in the Auroville area.
The journalist takes the existence of these postings as proof of the existence of sexual abuse, instead of what they show: a community being vigilant to ensure the safety of all people in the area.
Lack of honesty
“Ms. Wright wasn't honest when she gave us the reasons for wanting to film in Auroville. There was a pre-planned agenda,” says OutreachMedia. “Her contacts with her so-called witnesses were pre-booked, for it is not possible that in the course of 3 days in Auroville she would have found all five of them. There may have never been an intention to do a film on Auroville – the intention was to find a scoop on the currently best-selling theme of paedophilia, while at the same time denigrating Auroville and the Aurovilians.”
The Working Committee is now lodging a formal complaint with the BBC, as the BBC has done great harm to Auroville's reputation and is insulting the Community. Yet, one Aurovilian commented otherwise. “I didn't find the piece particularly well conceived nor convincing in its scandal-mongering – not for any reasonably intelligent viewer, anyway. It seems more damaging to the credibility of the BBC than to that of Auroville.”

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Two suicide notes left by Shobharani Das

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SHOBHARANI GHOST HAUNTS ASHRAM TRUST
DID 8 PEOPLE DRIVE AUROBINDO ASHRAM SHOBARANI DAS TO COMMIT SUICIDE: CASE BEFORE HIGH COURT SEEKING TRANSFER TO OTHER STATE COURT

In the famous Kanchi Kamakoti Madathipathi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal case and J. Jayalalitha cases justice was sought in Courts outside their respective state of residence. Similarly in the suicide case of Shobharani Das [55] an inmate of Aurobindo Ashram, the two suicide notes on left by her side and posted to her son in Orissa, names 8 persons harassing her to commit suicide. This case is pending before the High Court of Madras. Journalists who had reported on daily basis the cases of the two famous persons mentioned above have failed miserably to report what happens in Court rooms, whenever this case comes up. Public who hail the Right to Information Act expect the media to inform them, whoever may be at fault.

FINAL HEARING CASES MADRAS HIGH COURT CASE STATUS INFORMATION SYSTEM
Case Status: Pending, Status of CRIMINAL ORIGINAL PETITION 24421 of 2006
DEVBRAT DAS Vs THE STATION HOUSE OFFICER
Petitioners Advocate: M/S.K.BIJAI SUNDAR, Respondent's Advocate: PUBLIC PROSECUTOR
Last Listed On: No Date Mentioned , Category: Petition under Section 482 Cr.PC


Shobharani Das Story

Devbrat Das, the Petitioner in the Crl. O. P. No. 24421 of 2006 before the Madras High Court is the son of Hare Krishna Das, and the deceased Shobharani Das. His mother late Shobharani Das the deceased in the above case joined Sri Aurobindo Ashram at Pondicherry in the year 1982 and she was accepted as a permanent ashramite from the year 1992. His elder sister Swarnalata, aged 40 years also is an inmate of Sri Aurobindo Ashram since 1983. His father Harekrishna Das, has been offering voluntary services in Sri Aurobindo Ashram since 1996 and is residing in a place provided by the Ashram. Shobharani Das (55) an inmate of Sri Aurobindo Ashram at Pondicherry was found hanging under mysterious circumstances, in her room no. 43, A.B. House, at No. 33, Dr. Ambedkar Street Kuruchikuppam, Pondicherry-605 001 on 25/02/2004 leaving a suicide note in Oriya language stating that the 8 persons were the cause for her committing suicide.

Devbrat Das came from Orissa to Pondicherry for the cremation of his mother. The police had seized the suicide note of his mother and a similar note addressed to him by post, sent by his mother to Orissa. Initially the case was registered u/s 174 of Cr.P.C. and after the seizure of the suicide notes and recording of statements the case was altered in to Sec. 306 r/w 34 of IPC.

In his petition seeking transfer of this case to any state outside of Puducherry Devbrat Das alleges that he will get not any justice before the Courts at Pondicherry. He is permanent resident at Rourkela at Orissa, and alleges that the Pondicherry Trial Court is very hasty to conduct the trial knowing fully well that important witnesses’ mother tongue being Oriya, they do not know Tamil, English or Hindi and without taking any efforts to appoint a translator the Court has fixed dates for trial, which attitude, he construe and reasonably apprehend that he will not get justice for the death of his mother from Pondicherry Courts. He suspects that he would not get fair and impartial trial for the death of his mother and there is every likelihood of the accused persons escaping from the clutches of law if the trial is allowed to take place at Pondicherry. Hence, he claims it is just and necessary to transfer the case in S.C. No. 30 of 2006 on the file of Assistant Sessions Court at Pondicherry to any other Court in Tamilnadu and pass such other or further Orders as High Court of Madras deems fit and proper in the interests of justice.

Let us await the High Court order and the media of Chennai to be free from Ashram phobia to report what happens in Court when the case is taken up.

N. Nandhivarman, General Secretary, Dravida Peravai
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Saturday, July 26, 2008

It was only as result of relentless effort by BIjan Ghosh an Advocate that the original Savitri was republished

Binah - Friday, November 30 2007

Another interesting fact is that two persons hired for completing the centenary publication of Aurobindo subsequently made about 2200 changes in Savitri written by Aurobindo... Aurobindo was well versed in nine languages... It was only result of relentless effort by BIjan Ghosh an Advocate that the original Savitri was republished... Home Books Authors Members Groups

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The After Life of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, The Beginnings Dedicated to: Santh Samrat of Sitapur Author: Dr. Alokesh Bagchi Series Editor: Nikhil Das

Another Book – Netaji - A War Criminal, Netaji’s Vision of Today’s India. This Book was already, published in Bangla, under the name of Bijan Ghosh, Advocate Supreme Court, one of my best friends in this issue. The Hindi / English version is under publication. -- Alokesh

When someone is discussing things spiritual, we are not sure whether the Inner Fire is there or not

1 comments: Barindranath Chaki said... Dear Shri Devabrata,

I have read your article and appreciated it on the whole. However, I differ from what you have written on a few points.

First of all, it is about politicians. We cannot, logically and even practically generalise like that. All politicians do not steal money. And when we refer to Sri Aurobindo Ashram in connection with the politicians, we are then stooping somewhat low. Should we bring down the Ashram, the symbol of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo, to be referred to in connection with the politicians, who are more or less, from the ignorant un-prepared world? I hope you will agree with me.

Secondly, I refer to something quoted from this your writing:

I have written so much only to say that without the inner fire mere discussions of spiritual matters are useless exercises. It’s no way superior to the discussions that people love to enjoy discussing on various matters in Coffee-houses (like Calcutta Coffee House-the most renowned in India in this matter).

When someone is discussing things spiritual, we are not sure whether the Inner Fire is there or not. Maybe the Fire is there, but we are unable to feel it. We cannot then guarantee that the discussions are futile. Even Sri Aurobindo has said soething very positive in this matter:

An intellectual approach to the highest knowledge, the mind’s possession of it, is an indispensable aid to this movement of Nature in the human being.

I am very writing an article in this matter. Kindly read when I publish it. Please don't mind if I have slightly differed from you. With all the best wishes to you, whom I feel to be a very good soul, already on the Way.

Barin Chaki 22-07-2008 22 July 2008 14:07

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Pondicherry has become a destination for cheap liquor and vacation for foreigners

Re: Auroville, The City of Dawn is alive and wellby adam pogioli on Thu 10 Jul 2008 11:29 PM PDT Profile Permanent Link
Does anyone have thoughts on the recent controversy surrounding Auroville and the BBC piece? It brings up interesting issues about the nature of utopian communities, Aurobindo's vision of the future, and the realities of global culture. I was surprised that it hasn't been mentioned by anyone yet.
Admittedly it is a thorny subject, or maybe it seems like a tabloid interest. But for many people it might throw into question the ideas and forces that Aurobindo and the Mother put into motion. It is hard enough to get a fair hearing for spiritual ideas these days when so many spiritual figures have less than ideal reputations and/or people connected to them. Aurobindo seemed to be relatively free from that. And while it may not seem fair to associate with him the behavior of followers of his so many years after his death, some people with a casual acquaintance with his ideas might see any association of Auroville with elitism and exploitation as symptomatic of his ideas and their connection with beliefs about power and authority.
Any deeper understanding of his thought should dismiss this association in my opinion, but it seems harder and harder these days to give anything resembling the guru principle a fair hearing in the skeptical West. I am continually amazed by this website's devotion to making Aurobindo's ideas more in keeping with the times; and so I thought it relevant to bring this matter up, if anyone is interested. Thank you.
Reply by RY Deshpande on Fri 11 Jul 2008 05:18 AM PDT Profile Permanent Link
Very perceptive comment and needs an authentic response, particularly from somebody belonging to Auroville. May I expect it to happen? and thanks. RYD
Reply by Rich on Fri 11 Jul 2008 09:09 AM PDT Profile Permanent Link
Here is a link to the BBC Broadcast: auroville http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/newsnight/7413982.stm
Reply by adam pogioli on Sat 12 Jul 2008 01:43 AM PDT Profile Permanent Link
While I certainly would appreciate a response from an Auroville resident, this event has brought up some questions I deal with when ever I try to explain Sri Aurobindo to someone in a way that doesn't sound ignorant of various post-structuralist critiques of power. While I have no doubts that Sri Aurobindo's philosophy is certainly compatible and aware of the dangers of simplistic notions of "development", I sometimes question the language he uses, and the consequences those ideas have when translated not just into individual evolution, but more sensitively, communities with a utopian aim. While I may have an open, evolving way of interpreting what forces are Divine in myself, and what are lower impulses in need of sublimation, transformation, (or ??appropriation??), what happens when I form a community based on these ideas?
Aurobindo's ideas are so nuanced that it seems like every possible wrong interpretation has been anticipated and explained by him. Yet how many people really hear that subtlety. The bare bones of his philosophy are easily appropriated into systems like Ken Wilber's, where hierarchy is much less critically analyzed, and one can see what kind of community that creates. Wilber's Integral Institute for example, despite it's integral aims, seems to have fallen victim to the mirage of an easily determined and fixed notion of value; in fact they seemed intoxicated by it. While Aurobindo's ideas are so much more organic than any fixed grid of assigning value, there still lurches this notion of an externally determined value inherent in the universe, that taken at face value can easily breed elitism, cultism, and other kinds of blindness to the Other. So I wonder.... how might we best develop a community or vision for the future without having a pre-determined value we interpret everything around, yet still have a leader, a vision or attitude that can lend power to our humble appreciation of the indeterminate (or perhaps infinitely determinate) value of the Self and Other?
Every person, but especially a community, needs a vision, no matter how flexible it might be. But perhaps Sri Aurobindo's vision could serve us better conceived as one line of development in a multi-dimensional universe, as a beautiful example of a certain complex of ideas developed into a relatively high level of intensity and coherence. Perhaps taking it less literally can open up more doors for us to find a collective vision that is less bound to old linear notions of time, development and relation, and more about the value we produce through the always creative encounter with each other.
Reply by rakesh on Sat 12 Jul 2008 11:16 AM PDT Profile Permanent Link
I cannot understand why it took someone to be expelled from Auroville when they have been caught in 2002 and then after 2 years in 2004 was expelled. This seriously jeopardizes the integrity of the spiritual town.
I have also read the pondicherry has become a destination for cheap liquor and vacation for foreigners just like sri lanka where they can indulge in whatever they want to. The police cannot protect our citizens it is better to depend on an NGO to help go to the court.
i guess Aurovillians should take such incidents very seriously and the problems of the society are bound to come into Auroville and they have to take suitable measures to curb any person doing it. We are not so spiritual not to deal with such incidents. It is a shame that poor people are being victimized and the spiritual people do not want to take action but hide it under the carpet. BBC has done a great job.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

A family that was close to Sri Aurobindo and is an ardent admirer of his global vision and philosophy

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< Saturday 12 July, 2008 AURO ASHRAM: ARCHIVES OF DISMISSED CASE
Everything is history. All struggles are materials for archives. This is a dismissed case, after 8 years and 5 lawyers one getting government post and quitting and others on their own or at our request handed back papers, and when no one could be engaged after so much money spent, the case was disposed. But the issues it raised are still alive for historians to research...... N. Nandhivarman
IN THE COURT OF PRINCIPAL DISTRICT JUDGE AT PONDICHERRY O.P. NO. 22/97 Between:
1. N. Nandhivarman,
General Secretary, Dravida Peravai, 69, Rangapillai Street, Pondicherry - 605 001
2. D.K. Ramnujam, Ex. M.L.A., 17, Pillayar Koil Street, Thengaithittu,
Pondicherry - 605 004 .... Petitioners Vs. 1. Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust...

5) The petitioner submits that the first petitioner hails form a family of Sri Aurobindo's disciples and has immense interest in the study of the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Divine Mother. The first petitioner therefore has lot of concern over the proper management and administration of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust and in ensuring that the properties of the trust and its incomes are not exploited for personal ends. The second petitioner is a freedom fighter and a social activist concerned about the charitable activities of a trust functionary in Pondicherry soil and its proper use for benefiting local populace and all...

9) The petitioners submit that in the Trust deed created by The Mother, the intention of the trust, the beneficiaries, the maintenance and utilisation of Trust funds and all other connected and incidental matters have been clearly delineated but the Deed of Trust does not contain any provision for removal of Trustees in case of mismanagement, misconduct and misappropriations. The Deed of Trust, the petitioners submit, does not contain any provision for the continuing trustees to oust any trustee even if one of them have committed misappropriation of trust funds or any other breach of trust . No trustee or majority of the trustees have any power to expel any other Trustee. The Deed of Trust does not mention the period for which appointed trustees should hold office. The petitioners submit that if the trustees are to hold office throughout their life time, then there is danger of mismanagement due to their old age incapacity of performing their duties towards the execution of the trust. The petitioners state that the chances of the management indirectly falling into the hands of undesirable and incompetent persons looms large. The lack of accountability, transparency and democracy coupled with the ambiguous provision of the trust deed has resulted in Sri Aurobindo Ashram "falling from grace"...

13) The first Petitioner submits that the first petitioner is a native of Pondicherry and comes from a family that was close to Sri Aurobindo and is an ardent admirer of his global vision and philosophy. Both the petitioners understand that the respondents 2 to 5 are converting to their own benefit the properties of the first respondents trust and income of the said trust. There are also indications that respondents 2 to 5 are entering into shady deals involving sale of the properties of the first respondent trust in which lot of money is being passed under hand to be secreted and pocketed by the respondents 2 to 5 to their own persons. It is therefore just and necessary that the respondents are directed to furnish to the petitioner with particulars as to the properties and the income of the first respondents trust and application of those income in the matter of execution of the trust and also a direction be issued that the accounts of the trust shall be examined and audited for a period of three years prior to the date of this petition. Hence this petition... Dated at Pondicherry this the 24th day of June, 1997.

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nandivarman.rediffiland.com/ < next>> 09:33 26/Jun/2008 AUROVILLE AND AUROBINDO ASHRAM FOLLOWERS DEBATE

Why this division? The Aurobindo-Mirra Alfasa samadhi with Aurobindo Ashram, The Matrimandir with Auroville. After all both belongs to the followers of Aurobindo. I am not his follower. I am the follower of Aringnar Anna, wanting to establish Aringnar Anna Rationalist University under Aringnar Anna Foundation. I will not aspire anything within Aurobindo circle. But as rationalist, I could not see why there exists two Trusts one Government controlled Auroville Foundation and one Aurobindo Ashram Trust headed by the President’s chair that is kept vacant.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The accounts of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust are not published or made public to enable the inmates, disciples and devotees to know

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AUROBINDO ASHRAM : NEED TO END LIFELONG TRUSTEESHIP

The issues now being debated with regard to Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville had been debated before courts of this land. One such case is the Scheme Suit filed by N. Nandhivarman and an octogenarian D.K. Ramanujam, founding member of the CPI[M], freedom fighter and Tamrapatra awardee, who is no more. The following dismissed case contains the collective views of both the petitioners belonging to two different political streams of thought.
In the court of the principal District Judge at
Pondicherry. Unnumbered Scheme Suit O.S. No. /97

N. Nandhivarman, General Secretary Dravida Peravai
69, Ranga Pillai Street, Pondicherry - 605 001.

The rules framed then were incomplete and did not provide room for democratic functioning and transparency. The trustees should have approached the appropriate court of jurisdiction for evolving a scheme to manage the trust and for framing up of the rules once Mother passed away. The trustees should have taken into confidence the disciples in the Ashram and convened a general body meeting to collectively evolve rules and regulations in consonance with the laws of the land, as applicable on that day. The lacunae, still persists and pathis suit is intended to seek the intervention of the Hon'ble Court to frame a scheme for the proper management, accountability and transparency in running the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust. The disciples who became inmates mostly parting away their properties are disillusioned lot, with the way the trust manages this ashram defeating the spiritual purposes for which it came into existence. The trust seems to have been hijacked for serving the needs of the vested interests...

even today the donations by cheques drawn in favour of The Mother is received by Sri Aurobnindo Ashram Trust, and also unfortunately accepted by our Banks in contravention of all normal banking practice as donations for Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust...

The only provision in the deed of Trust is the absolute discretion given to the Mother in article 9 to appoint Trustees. It is the power that cannot be exercised by the other Trustees. It follows, therefore that after the Mother left her body, the power vested in article 9 becomes inoperative. Thus after, the passing away of the Mother, the appointment of Trustees or Trustees by the existing Trustees is illegal and is a fraud on the Trust. The wishes and the intention of the author of the Trust, the Mother is the primary importance in the matter of appointment of Trustees. The instruments of Trust require to be interpreted properly to appoint new Trustee or Trustees. It was never the inception of the Mother to hand over the appointment of the Trustee or Trustees to the whims and fancies of the existing Trustees. Appointment of Trustee or the Trustees is thus a vital matter and inmates of the ashram should have some voice in choosing the Trustee or Trustees. Here also Trustees should be appointed by a good electoral college. That is to say by Beneficiaries or inmates of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust. The plaintiffs pray to the Hon’ble court to evolve proper schemes for democratising the Trust...

No Trustee or majority of the Trustees have any power to expel any other Trustee. The Deed of Trust does not mention the period for which appointed Trustees should hold the office. If the Trustees are to hold office during their life time, then there is danger of mismanagement due to their old age incapability of performing their duty in the execution of Trust. Also, indirectly the management is likely to go into the hands of undesirable and incompetent persons...

Further the trustees have deposited huge amounts violating the guidelines of the Indian Trusts Act Sec. 20. The trusts have not deposited the amount in the Government security but on the other hand they have lent monies without any proper security. The trustees of SAAT being also the members of the other subsidiary business trusts found it convenient to transfer the SAAT monies for their own benefit. The trustees on repeated reminders have not chosen to place the accounts for public scrutiny. The accounts of SAAT or any of the subsidiary business trusts are not published or made public to enable the inmates, disciples and devotees to know what is actually happening. The above acts of the trustees will clearly show the accounts have not been properly maintained and money not being invested according to the true SAAT Deed of the said Trust...

From this it becomes amply clear that the power centered around the trust board of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust remains within the handful who are undemocratic in character and power crazy in practice. Both the trusts are having the same trustees on that date and these trustees are frightened to share power with any one of the 1200 and more inmates of Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Lack of trust is a reciprocal matter. The inmates who are treated as bonded labourers can never have trust, faith, confidence and respect for the coterie that has hijacked a movement to serve its own agreed and personal interest...

all commercial exctivities go on in innumerable subsidiary trust names to provide scope for a few to control the economic levers of the defendant trust. These subsidiary trusts that are doing trade industry and business is engaging the inmates of Sri Aurobindo Ashram as employees. The inmates are taken care of by Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust by providing food, shelter and other amenities. The subsidiary trusts that engage the inmates do not pay them proper salary or minimum wages which are statutary. The plaintiffs allege this as fit case of exploitation and call it a practice of bonded labourship. The second category of locals employed by these units are contract labourers which the Highest Court of the land directs to abolish. The plaintiffs would like to recall the words “charity begins at home”. The charitable trust that avails income tax concessions and deprives the National Exchequer its due, is expected to atleast desist from exploiting the inmates of the Ashram who are forced to do free service and the another category called devotees from whom also free service is demanded. The local people employed should atleast be made permanent and get all the protection of the labour laws of the land. The trustees of these subsidiary trusts, who are also continuing for their life time as long as they enjoy the patronage and protection of the trustees of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, are well entrenched by continuing to have their grip over these subsidiary trusts with the help of an anti-social grouping of their own creation. Only by a thorough probe, audit, enquiry and complete revamp of the trust board things can be set right...

The Hon’ble III Additional District Munsif in his judgement said

“it is crystal clear that though there is absolute control and management to be exercised by the Ashram Trustees, there is no any whisper or any measure or any arrangements made either in the trust act or in the regulations of the trust by fixing a criteria for expelling an inmate from the Ashram for any of the alleged misconduct”.

This is a vital lacunae that has to be attended to. Otherwise anti social land grab mafias will swindle and swallow the monies and properties belonging to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust and seek immunity from expulsion.

Dated at Pondicherry 11th day of August 1997
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Monday, July 7, 2008

Sound the bugle, and perhaps we shall be inspired to join you

If this is she of whom the world has heard, Wonder no more at any happy change.
Savitri Era of those who adore, Om Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Savitri Era Party demands complete independence of Auroville
On the eve of the 60th anniversary of Independence, we once again demand for complete independence of Auroville from the Government of India control. All the present functionaries are, hereby, requested to resign from their posts in protest, thus facilitating due democratic process to unfurl. No need to extol the virtues of freedom at this juncture.

Tusar N. Mohapatra, President, Savitri Era Party.
Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 6:27 PM 2 comments:

Anirban said...
Tusarji, you have made a bold & frank demand & all those who love freedom, the freedom to dream & the freedom to work towards acheiving those dreams cannot but support such a demand. 'Purna Swaraj' is imperative for the eventual realisation & success of this unique dream-adventure of Auroville which is being carried out nowhere else across the globe. The Mother saw it, She started it on the soil of India because of her great spiritual tradition of openness & assimilation. It is also a symbolic experiment & its symbolism is more relevant today when India crosses a landmark of six-decades of freedom. If India has become free, as The Master had said, not only for herself but for the welfare of the world & to indicate the way to eventual world 'harmony & union' & reveal the essential unity of nations then seen in that perspective the Auroville experiment is indeed a very special symbolic one & its unhampered growth & success assumes cardinal importance. In that respect the safeguard of freedom is absolutely required & the Govt. of India must start withdrawing its octopus-tentacles form the golden dome.

The present functionaries, if they have understood the intrinsic necessity of the Auroville experiment, if they are themselves freedom-loving would do well to heed this call. As for the residents they must begin organising themselves on this issue instead of complaining. There have been attempts from various quarters on & off at advocating govt. control for other institutions that are run in the vision of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo or have been founded by Them, such moves/attempts must be resisted, spiritual experimentation cannot take place under the suffocating/exhausting bindings & mechanisms of a govt. agency. The Savitri Era Party has done well to take this position, its the first one to do so publicly, & thus it must have the support on this of all right thinking individuals who value - FREEDOM!
2:13 PM, August 16, 2007

Anonymous said...
http://nandivarman.rediffiland.com/blogs/2008/07/07/AUROBINDO-DEVOTEES-DEMAND-AUROVILLE-LIBERATION.html

It is sad, Mr. Tusar, that though you claim to be some sort of Sri Aurobindo devotee - notwithstanding your coming up with such pathetically shallow and immature notions such as 'Savitri Era Party' - you are now associated and being felicitated by Mr. Nandhivarman, who is part of the pseudo-rationalist tribe, and a known mud-slinger at the Ashram, and at the Mother and Sri Aurobindo themselves, and who does it purely for base political gains.

The Internet is a powerful tool, but in the hands of the ignorant, such as yourselves, and the perverse, such as Mr. Nandivarman, it is easily misused. The 2 of you provide excellent examples of this. Hopefully, your readers will have the discernment to separate the chaff from the wheat - though the wheat is so rare to come by!

A piece of advice to you, to other Aurobindonians, and to myself: Discover the Divine within; the changes outside will follow. The less we encourage this mental and vital fret, the better for our collective growth and progress. For till we don't find Her within, our shrill cries from either bank of the river of phenomenal reality are equally foolish.

As to your occasional unsolicited comments and advice such as how Auroville should be autonomous, and how the Ashram should be better managed, refer once again to the above para. If you still feel the overwhelming urge to 'act' however, get down from your fibre-optic tower and see the deeper ground Reality of things.

It is my conviction - and I am hardly alone - that the Ashram and Auroville are shaping up beautifully, in the hands of individuals who are committed and dedicated even if imperfect, and who work more than they talk, and talk even less than they type. Of course there are wayward individuals everywhere, and all organisations have their share of them too, but the Hand that has guided so far, continues to guide, and slowly, ever so slowly but surely, those who have the eyes to see recognize that these centres of the Divine's concrete Presence and Work, grow onward towards the Light.

It is pointless to reply to your friend Mr. Nandhivarman; his motives are in question. The greater tragedy is when professed devotees like yourself are pulled into their devious game, and do not have the wisdom to realise that our only work is within ourselves, and our only genuine concern the kingdom within ourselves. May we grow wide, as the Vedas say.

V

P.S.: If you tell us that you are indeed conscious of that deeper reality within yourself, and that you are truly inwardly realised and convinced that it is necessary to set up 'systems', create a 'Savitri Era Party', 'save' the Aurobindonian community from impending doom and destruction wrecked by the wretched administrators you seem to conjure - well, sound the bugle, and perhaps we shall be inspired to join you.

But at present you hardly come across as one who has the Knowledge or the Call. I can imagine there is much which can be changed for the better, in Auroville, in the Ashram, in India, in the world; but where does that change begin? Nay, Their workings are far more complex, intricate, and mysterious, and “One man’s perfection still can save the world…”
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The Government must not impose its bureaucratic whims over the organic growth of Auroville - Tusar N Mohapatra

nandivarman.rediffiland.com/ Monday 7 July, 2008
AUROBINDO DEVOTEES DEMAND AUROVILLE LIBERATION
THE LONG DRAWN STRUGGLE AGAINST AUROVILLE

The Government of India and International donors must take note of the words of appreciation my blogs and statements are receiving from the followers of Aurobindo Ghosh. All the mails we got and comments we received had been a source of strength to us. Mr. Tusar N. Mohapatra, a dedicated follower of the Aurobindonian family had posted on june 24 th of 2008 the following comments:

[Tuesday, June 24, 2008 N. Nandhivarman is doing a yeoman’s service for propagation of the Savitri Era Religion [DRAVIDA PERAVAI 23 Jun 08 SAVE AUROVILLE FROM FINANCIAL IRREGULARITIES] By nandhivarman ]
N. Nandhivarman is doing a yeoman’s service to the evolutionary revolution that was launched by The Mother and Sri Aurobindo. By turning the searchlights upon Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the Auroville, he is generating a lot of awareness as well as curiosity among the public. It is good for the hospitality industry in Puducherry and also for the propagation of Savitri Era Religion. If this nexus can work more openly and systematically, then we shall really be able to take the idea of Human Unity very far. All kinds of issues besetting a globalized world will look forward to a Puducherry rendezvous for their solution. [TNM] Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 10:40 AM 0 comments Links Tuesday, June 24, 2008

But I must place before the world his views much before I started the recent open debate on Auroville. Though I had spoken against Auroville in the World Athiests Conference of 2005 and had written in Sinthanaiyalan Pongal issue of 2005, there had been voices within Aurobindonian family to show the door to the Ex-Maharaja of Kashmir Dr. Karan Singh, who like absentee landlord manages Auroville. Also other demands raised by Tusar N. Mohapatra are given in his words below including the date, year of those demands.

Sunday, July 22, 2007 A resident of Auroville should become the President of Auroville The President of India, the Prime Minister, and the members of his Cabinet reside in India. The Chief Minister of Puducherry is a resident of the State. But most of the persons nominated to the Governing Board of The Auroville Foundation are not residents of Auroville. This is untenable; they must resign forthwith. A resident of Auroville should become the President of Auroville. [TNM] Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 9:44 AM 1 comments Links

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 They have no business to continue in such positions [For first time, govt to choose IIM directors The Times of India 18 Jul 2007 MUMBAI: This could be the final blow to the long-held autonomy of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).]

Are the 5 nominated members of The International Advisory Council of the The Auroville Foundation well versed with the teachings of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo? If not, they have no business to continue in such positions. There are lot many others among the devotees with records of life long dedication to the cause of the Life Divine. The Government must not impose its bureaucratic whims over the organic growth of Auroville. [TNM] Posted by Tusar N Mohapatra at 6:39 PM 1 comments Links

THE CULTURAL SHOCKS OF AUROVILLE
Let me quote from my article in Voice of Voiceless 2006 issue http://www.voiceofvoiceless.com/current/m2.asp
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Sunday, July 6, 2008

There are more dangerous people within spiritual empires

nandivarman.rediffiland.com/ Sunday 6 July, 2008
83 OLD HOUSE OWNER AWAITS JUSTICE IN ASHRAM HOUSE GRAB
STORY OF AUROBINDO ASHRAM TRUST HOUSE GRABBING COMES UP BEFORE SUPREME COURT

The famous House Grabbing case involving Aurobindo Ashram is listed before Supreme Court and likely to be taken up on July 11th of 2008. India’s first Finance Minister and Constituent Assembly Member R.K.Shanmugam Chettiar’s heir Mr. R.K. Selvarajan Chettiar owns three properties, known as Ragavan House, Columbani House and Kothandapani Godown. These properties were rented out to Aurobindo Ashram for past so many years. Suddenly a conspiracy was hatched to forge a gift deed of these properties in favour of Mr. R.K. Selvarajan Chettiar’s son Murugavel, and from him the Aurobindo Ashram Trust headed by Mr. Manoj Das Gupta bought these properties, but in order to fool the owner, continued to pay the rent. Mr. R.K. Selvarajan Chettiar came to know of this cheating and lodged a complaint with the Pondicherry Police, which refused to register the case, as usual. Mr. R.K. Selvarajan Chettiar approached the High Court of Madras which issued orders to register the case, thereafter an FIR was filed on The Managing Trustee of Aurobindo Ashram Trust Mr. Manoj Das Gupta, among others.

Mr. Manoj Das Gupta obtained anticipatory bail in this case. In an interview to SUNTV by 2003 end, I had openly told about this anticipatory bail. Had he been a Minister hue and cry seeking his resignation would have erupted, but being a Trustee of an Ashram, which had been suspending anyone who murmurs within using denial of food as weapon, for which few who dared to open their mouth are climbing the stairs of various Courts.

The Police who filed the charge sheet later had conveniently omitted the Managing Trustee. The first accused, namely R.K.Selvarajan Chettiar’s son Murugavel had approached for relieving him in this case, which was turned down by local court and High Court. Suppressing the fact about criminal cases pending before local court, he had appealed in Supreme Court, the case is coming up on July 11th 2008. This House Grabbing case over years had been reported here in New Indian Express, Dinamalar, and SUN TV.

But at national level televisions or English and Hindi dailies, have yet to throw light on this case. We live in days when media acts as watch dogs of society. The role of media in taming dictatorial governments is past history during the times of Ramnath Goenka’s who fought emergency. Let present day journalists turn their eye on ashram. We from politics are scoundrels, because there is a saying that politics is the last resort of the scoundrel. But there are more dangerous people within spiritual empires; they too deserve the same media expose, where we politicians are brought to our knees before the ultimate masters in a democracy, the people of India.

SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
Case Status PENDING Status of: Special Leave Petition (Civil) 2223 Of 2007
S. MURUGAVEL .Vs. R.K. SELVARAJAN & ANR.
Pet. Adv.: MR. K.K. MANI Res. Adv.: MR. BIJAN KUMAR GHOSH
Listed 3 times earlier Next Date of listing is: 11/07/2008


Let nation’s eye turn towards Supreme Court on July 11th 2008.

N. Nandhivarman General Secretary Dravida Peravai.

STATEMENT OF PP RAGHAVACHARY UNDER SEC. 161 of Cr. PC
I was assigned with the Ashram’s legal work as in-house lawyer from about January 1998. I was attending to Ashram’s legal matters usually along with senior counsels Sri R. Padmanabhan and Sri C. S. Narasimhan. Approximately during September-November 1999, Manoj Das Gupta Ashram Trustee, Purushotham Iyengar and Matri Prasad who are like secretaries to the Trustees (actually there is no designation or hierarchy in the Ashram as such except for administrative responsibility as a departmental head or a Trustee) approached me and informed me that we have to meet Harikant C. Patel the then Managing Trustee with regard to some purchase of properties. I went along with them to Harikant C. Patel who was in the Ashram Nursing Home in the beach road due to hip-bone fracture. Harikant started the meeting and told us that there is one building known as ‘Ragavan House’ on the Junction of St. Louis Street and St. Gilles Street he said it is a place where Sri Aurobindo lived and Ashram has been enjoying the property as a tenant for the last about 30 years. That the Ashram now desires to purchase the house. Purushotham Iyengar mentioned that the house owner one Mr. Selvarajan is not willing to sell the house since so many years and asked me as to how to go about it. I told them first to approach Mr. Selvarajan and explain the importance attached to the Ashram for the house and request him once again and try and if he is willing then the Ashram Trustees will place it in their Board meeting and pass necessary resolutions and thereafter we can observe the necessary legal formalities. Agreeing with that proposal all of us had dispersed. Meeting lasted for about 15 minutes. After about 3 or 4 weeks again Manoj DG, Puru and Matri came with a person and introduced me that he is Mr. Murugavel and he is the son of Mr. Selvarajan and mentioned about the purchase of properties. They requested me to join them to meet Harikant Patel. We went to HCP’s house in Calve Suproyachetty Street. I went along with them. Manoj informed that despite their sincere efforts Mr. Selvarjan is not willing to sell the house. Then Mr. Murugavel told us that he would also persuade his father to sell the house somehow or the other and mentioned that he needs about 4 or 5 days time. I mentioned that if his father agrees then we can follow up with the necessary legal formalities. Meeting lasted for about 5 or 10 minutes. Then after about a weekday later Puru and Matri came to me along with Murugavel and took me to Harikant’s house. At that time Manoj and HCP were already there. They were waiting for us. In the meeting Murugavel told us that he is finding very difficult to convince his father. He told that he and Matri Prasad met the concerned Joint Sub Registrar and discussed with him. He said that Joint Sub Registrar gave the idea that he would register the settlement deeds in his favour if he or Matri or any other person can sign like his father (RKS) and arranges some amount for him and that he would dispense with the presence of Selvarajan and also the thumb impression and thereafter he could sell it to the Ashram. He told Murugavel to get the Gift Settlement deed ready. Hearing this immediately I rejected the proposal and gently explained to Murugavel that we in the Ashram cannot do this type of activities. Murugavel told us that he would take care of all that himself and it is not difficult. Manoj told me ‘What type of lawyer you are?’ He told that Ashram should somehow or the other buy that house because it is a place where Sri Aurobindo lived. Puru told us that the means is not very important that is to say that how we purchase is not very important but our concern should be focused for the end. HCP also stressed the importance attached to the house and told me to co-operate. I totally opposed with this proposal and discouraged all of them and told them that being in the Ashram we should not indulge in this type of back door methods. Then Manoj and Harikant stated that if you do not agree then we will look into that. You can attend to the other matters. Thereafter I was kept in dark as to what happened. I came to know for the 1st time from Ashram dispensary that something about the house grabbing column had appeared in the Indian Express and showed me. I was shocked. I heard that some news item and interviews also was broadcast regarding this house grabbing. I asked Harikant C. Patel regarding the damaging news items in papers and in TV. He told me everything is alright and the reports are all false. He said they purchased the property properly and nothing to worry about it. I asked them to show me the documents for which he told me that they are taking care of it and that I need not worry about it. There after many other disciplinary matters and Ashram Inmates’ Association matters they messed it up. I could not tolerate the attitude of the Trustees for long because they were always suppressing the information. Therefore I withdrew (resigned) from Ashram’s legal work. In my withdrawal letter I wrote specifically that they kept me and our counsels Mr. Padmanabhan and Narasimhan in the dark which resulted in lot of damage to the reputation of the Ashram. Ashram Trustees never replied to my letter.

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
CIVIL APPELLATE JURISDICTION

SPECIAL LEAVE PETITOIN (C) No. 2223 of 2007

In the matter of :

S. Murugavel … Petitioner
-vs-
R.K.Selvarajan & Anr. …Respondents

COUNTER AFFIDAVIT

1. I, R.K.Selvarajan, s/o. Late V.R.Kothandapani Chattiar, aged about 83 years, residing at 238, Cuddalore Road, Mudaliarpet, Pondicherry 605 004, do hereby solemnly affirm and say as under:
1. That I am the plaintiff and this SLP is arising of the Suit filed by me, O.S. No. 298 of 2001, R.K. Selvarajan –vs- Managing Trustee, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry and S. Murugavel.
2. A preliminary issue was raised by the Defendant no.2 who is the SLP petitioner here w.r.t. the court fees, being the preliminary issue and insisted for to be adjudicated upon first, thus by filing an application u/s 11(2) of the Pondicherry Court Fees and Suit Valuation Act, 1972, ( hereinafter, the Act) r/w Order 14 Rule 2 CPC.
3. It is pertinent to mention that the principal defendant being defendant no.1 (who is respondent no.2 here) did not raise any such issue in the court below, nothing was mentioned in the W/S at all w.r.t. such alleged preliminary issue of Court Fees.
4. The cardinal question is whether the court fees to be paid in the suit u/s 25(d) of the Act or u/s 40 of the Act.

Sri Aurobindo warned against the events that can only excite the Vital, sub-rational humanity

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In 1970, In the record of his meeting with The Mother, Prem wrote that “The Mother made a statement that this was the reason why She wanted the Indian Pavilion to be the first to be built, as India was the one country which had an unbroken spiritual heritage and one which could act as an example for the other pavilions to follow.”
The original design of Bharat Nivas was for an auditorium, a restaurant, a school of linguistics, a guest house and pavilions for the different states of India . The Mother wanted the Government of India to provide the funds for building the Pavilion. A grant of Rs 90 lakhs was received. Unfortunately, this money was not used for the purpose for which it was granted and the buildings that had begun – the auditorium, the restaurant and three circular state pavilions – remained unfinished.

AV Today describes Auroville’s first ever Festival of Dance on March 30th in the Sri Aurobindo Auditorium:
a wonderful evening inclusive of everything from classical Indian dances(???) to Spanish, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, Afro-funk and improvisational modern dance plus freestyle aerobics, all choreographed in Auroville, and performed by more than 15 groups - around 100 dancers!”

Since AV Today boldly ented this article with “Shiva himself, as Lord of the Dance, seemed to make His presence felt among us”, one would imagine that there were indeed wonderful Bharatanatyam dancers there. In reality, there was… 1: a Canadian student, who dances Bharatanatyam as well as an average Japanese chef can dance English ballet. Did it make Nataraja, the Lord of the Cosmic dance proud? Or did it make him turn his face away?

Was this event in the Pavilion of India indeed highlighting the spiritual values of the ancient Indian culture? Well, Sri Aurobindo warned against the events that can only excite the Vital, sub-rational humanity:

As to the performers, their experience seems well summed up by one of the participants: “We had the tremendous fun of working with our fellow performers towards a shared common goal, and the joy of achieving it after so many high energy practice sessions and so much fun and laughter. The sense of being a closely knit team and of succeeding together was, for those of us who had never done anything like it before, just fantastic, really euphoric, a memory to treasure all our lives. In fact I know from talking with others that we remained on a ‘high’ for days afterwards as a result of what we experienced.
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